Friday, April 6, 2018

There are no easy answers about what demons were following him

With all these years, all these "efforts" of "raising awareness about veterans committing suicide, anyone know how to grieve less?


Matt Collins is grieving for his friend, Lt. Col. Adam Collier
"We are left to parse the details of a private life. He robbed us of any explanation. There is no closure. There is no peace. There are no easy answers about what demons were following him. We wonder about what we could have done differently."

They grieve for Sgt. Major Todd Parisi who put others first and himself, last. 

For Jon Harding, who wanted to make a difference but committed suicide on April 3.

Grieve for a 76 year old Vietnam veteran who committed suicide at Boynton Beach public parking lot near City Hall and the Police station. 

And for Sgt. Louis Loftus who fought PTSD but died due to "heart complications" at the age of 30.

Friend, family and patients at the St. Louis VA, are grieving after an un-named veteran committed suicide at the VA.
A 62-year-old veteran committed suicide inside the John Cochran VA Medical Center’s waiting room in St. Louis early Monday morning. Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, the hospital confirmed he was a veteran to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which first reported the story.

Everyone is grieving for Kevin Williams, an Iraq veteran who lost his battle with PTSD at the age of 22. They grieve for Marty Nance, who vanished in January but his body was the end of March.

They grieve for soldier at "ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Army officials say an incident involving a soldier who barricaded himself inside a home on a U.S. Army installation ended after a 17-hour standoff."

And for Mark Underhill who also committed suicide at a VA, Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center. And for Albert Wong, who was reported to be "ashamed to ask for help" before he lost his battle for his own life.

What these veterans, among many more, have in common is that they lost their battles since March. The also have the other thing in common, and that was to have been willing to die to save others, but not able to fight for themselves.

UPDATE

The Geary County Sheriff’s Office has ruled the death of Ronald Church Jr. a suicide. Church, a Fort Riley soldier, was found dead inside a vehicle near Milford Lake on March 18 with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.